Sicario: Day Of The Soldado Review: The Most Unlikely Sequel

The first Sicario was a triumph of thrilling tension and grounded action focused on the government and cartel conflicts taking place on the border between Mexico and Texas. It didn’t exactly scream “franchise starter,” but unnecessary as it may be, Sicario: Day of the Soldado (don’t call it Sicario 2) proves to be a worthy follow-up.

Like the original, not-Sicario-2 stars Josh Brolin as CIA operative Matt Graver and Benicio Del Toro as the mysterious Alejandro, a former lawyer with a vendetta against the cartels. Unlike Sicario 1, it has no Emily Blunt, who in the first movie served as an audience proxy. She spent the entire film perpetually two steps behind the other characters, deliberately kept in the dark to maintain her deniability. From a practical standpoint, it had the effect of keeping viewers guessing, since we only knew as much as the protagonist, and she knew absolutely nothing. And it helped us identify with her.

It was an extremely neat trick, but Sicario: Day of the Soldado doesn’t try to repeat it. Instead, it plays Del Toro and Brolin’s considerable talents against one another. And it works really well.

Soldado once again sees Graver hiring Alejandro for a clandestine job that, like both characters, exists outside the bounds of law, morality, and international diplomacy. In the worldview these movies espouse, it’s impossible to deal with organizations as ruthless, violent, and powerful as the cartels unless you throw all the rules away. Case in point: When terrorists attack a toy store in middle America, Brolin’s character doesn’t hesitate to coerce information from a source by calling in air strikes that take out his family members. The movie doesn’t necessarily pass judgment on acts like this, although it does eventually show the toll they might take.

And it turns out even characters as seemingly merciless as Graves and Alejandro have limits. The new job evolves into destabilizing multiple Mexican cartels by kidnapping one leader’s daughter and implicating a rival organization. When the job goes south, Alejandro winds up on his own, forced to protect the young girl, played with an impressive mix of defiance and vulnerability by Transformers: The Last Knight‘s Isabela Moner.

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If you’ve seen the original Sicario, you’ll know that the deadly Alejandro has no qualms about cold-blooded murdering women, children, and anyone else whose death furthers his revenge. His struggle to protect a girl who part of him wants to kill is Soldado‘s main dramatic conflict, and it transforms Alejandro into a sympathetic–if not exactly likable–character. It more than makes up for Blunt’s absence.

Although he falls on the other side from Alejandro, Brolin’s character struggles too. Seeing the two of them play against one another while dealing with their own distinct external conflicts is thrilling.

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Sicario: Day of the Soldado is just as violent, tense, and relevant as the original. Without the masterful talents of Denis Villeneuve directing and Roger Deakins on cinematography, it does look and feel a little less special than the original. But director Stefano Sollima and cinematographer Dariusz Wolski do a more than adequate job shaping this sequel in the original’s style and form, and you’ll easily become engrossed in the movie and stop thinking about who directed what. Besides, writer Taylor Sheridan is responsible for both scripts, so narratively and thematically, Soldado feels perfectly consistent.

With a gripping climax that focuses on the danger faced by migrants as they risk everything to cross the border, Sicario: Day of the Soldado couldn’t possibly feel more relevant. A b-plot involves a Mexican-American teenager recruited into Cartel service by his sleazy cousin; by the end, not unlike in the first movie, you won’t even know who to root for anymore, much less who to trust. Soldado is well written, well acted, tense, topical, and complex, and in every way a worthy follow-up to Sicario–even if it wasn’t needed to begin with.

The Good The Bad
Well acted all around Feels slightly unnecessary
Gripping and tense as the original
As topical as can be
Complex themes will make you think

EA Reveals NHL 19 Details And Release Date

EA has revealed more details about the latest entry in its long-running hockey franchise, NHL 19. The publisher gave fans their first look at the title during the 2018 NHL Awards, which included the reveal of this year’s cover athlete: Nashville Predators defenseman and Olympic gold medalist, PK Subban.

NHL 19 features a roster of more than 200 current and legacy players, including legends such as Wayne Gretzky. This time, in addition to the professional arenas, players can compete on outdoor rinks for the first time in the series. Players can also create their own character using more than 900 customization options, among them new “lifestyle apparel inspired by pond hockey.”

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Along with the returning EA Sports Hockey League and NHL Threes modes, NHL 19 introduces two new modes called NHL Ones and Pro-Am, which are housed together under a “unified progression hub” dubbed the World of CHEL. Players can progress their custom character, unlock rewards, and refine their avatar’s appearance and style by playing in any World of CHEL mode.

NHL Ones is a 1v1v1 competition in which three players face-off in free-for-all games. These contests feature no rules or stoppage, making them harder-hitting and more chaotic than standard modes. Players will rank up to new outdoor rinks by winning NHL Ones games.

In addition to the new modes and outdoor rinks, NHL 19 introduces new playstyle classes and player traits. The game is slated to launch for PS4 and Xbox One on September 14. Those who pre-order either the Legends or Ultimate edition will get access to the game several days early, on September 11.

New Game Release Dates Of 2018: Fallout 76, Battlefield 5, Red Dead Redemption 2

After the amazing gaming year that was 2017, you have to wonder how 2018 will compare. But if 2018’s current roster of releases is anything to go by, we might be in for another fantastic year. It seems primed to impress with a slew of hotly anticipated new games, including big-budget games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Red Dead Redemption 2, God of War, and a whole lot more. To help you keep track of all the games coming out, we’ve compiled a list of all the noteworthy release dates for the biggest ones confirmed to come out in 2018 so far.

Be sure to check back often as we update this article with more release dates or any potential changes to any of the dates below. And if you’re eager to figure out the release dates from games last year, you can also reference our feature on the game release dates of 2017.

January

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Game Platform Release Date
The Escapists 2 Switch January 11
Forged Battalion PC January 16
Kerbal Space Program: Enhanced Edition PS4, Xbox One January 16
Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition PS4, PC January 16
Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – Hacker’s Memory PS4, Vita January 19
Kirby Battle Royale 3DS January 19
Iconoclasts PS4, Vita January 23
Lost Sphear PS4, Switch, PC January 23
OK KO: Let’s Play Heroes PS4, Xbox One, PC January 23
The Inpatient PSVR January 23
My Time at Portia PC January 23
Velocity 2X: Critical Mass Edition PS4, Vita January 23
Celeste PS4, Switch, PC January 25
Dust and Salt PC January 25
Dragon Ball FighterZ PS4, Xbox One, PC January 26
Monster Hunter World PS4, Xbox One January 26
Railway Empire PC January 26
Dissidia: Final Fantasy NT PS4 January 30
Railway Empire PS4, Xbox One January 30

February

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Batallion 1944 (Early Access) PC February 1
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age PC February 1
Night in the Woods Switch February 1
SteamWorld Dig Switch February 1
EA Sports UFC 3 PS4, Xbox One February 2
Shadow of the Colossus PS4 February 6
Civilization VI: Rise and Fall (Expansion) PC February 8
Dragon Quest Builders Switch February 9
The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia PS4 February 9
Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[st] PS4, PS3, Vita February 9
Crossing Souls PS4, PC February 13
Dynasty Warriors 9 PS4, Xbox One, PC February 13
The Fall 2: Unbound PS4, Xbox One, PC February 13
Kingdom Come: Deliverance PS4, Xbox One, PC February 13
Owlboy Switch February 13
The Longest Five Minutes Switch, Vita, PC February 13
Monster Energy Supercross: The Official Videogame PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC February 13
Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology 3DS February 13
Secret of Mana PS4, PS Vita, PC February 15
Bayonetta + Bayonetta 2 Switch February 16
Fe PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC February 16
Age of Empires: Definitive Edition PC February 20
Metal Gear Survive PS4, Xbox One, PC February 20
Xenon Valkyrie+ Xbox One February 20
Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 Plus Switch February 22
Stellaris: Apocalypse PC February 22
Past Cure PS4, Xbox One, PC February 23
Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet PS4, Xbox One, PC February 23
Yume Nikki: Dream Diary PC February 23
Gravel Xbox One February 26
De Blob 2 PS4, Xbox One February 27
Immortal Redneck Xbox One February 27
Payday 2 Switch February 27
Riftstar Raiders Xbox One February 27

March

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Bravo Team PSVR March 6
Final Fantasy XV: Royal Edition PS4, Xbox One, PC March 6
Frantics PS4 March 6
Scribblenauts Showdown PS4, Xbox One, Switch March 6
Fear Effect Sedna PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch March 6
Devil May Cry HD Collection PS4, Xbox One, PC March 13
Golem PSVR March 13
Pure Farming 2018 PS4, Xbox One, PC March 13
Burnout Paradise Remastered PS4, Xbox One, PC March 13
Kirby Star Allies Switch March 16
Assassin’s Creed Rogue: Remastered PS4, Xbox One March 20
Attack on Titan 2 PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch March 20
Sea of Thieves Xbox One, PC March 20
Titan Quest PS4, Xbox One March 20
A Way Out PS4, Xbox One, PC March 23
Detective Pikachu 3DS March 23
Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom PS4, PC March 23
Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings PS4, PC, Switch March 27
Far Cry 5 PS4, Xbox One, PC March 27
MLB The Show 18 PS4 March 27
Outlast 2 Switch March 27
Agony PS4, Xbox One, PC March 30

April

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Game Platform Release Date
Extinction PS4, Xbox One, PC April 10
Owlboy PS4, Xbox One April 10
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Xbox One April 11
Wild Guns Reloaded Switch April 17
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life PS4 April 17
Metal Max Xeno PS4, Vita April 19
God of War PS4 April 20
Nintendo Labo Variety Kit Switch April 20
Nintendo Labo Robot Kit Switch April 20
Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch April 24
Frostpunk PC April 24
South Park: The Fractured But Whole Switch April 24

May

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Game Platform Release Date
Super Mega Baseball 2 PS4, Xbox One, PC May 1
Killing Floor: Incursion PSVR May 1
Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia PC May 3
City of Brass PS4, Xbox One, PC May 4
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Switch May 4
AO International Tennis (originally AU, NZ only) PS4, Xbox One, PC May 8
Conan Exiles PS4, Xbox One, PC May 8
Destiny 2: Warmind PS4, Xbox One, PC May 8
Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire PC May 8
Raging Justice Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC May 8
Tacoma (first released on Xbox One, PC) PS4 May 8
Immortal Redneck Switch May 10
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 Switch May 11
Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr PS4, Xbox One, PC May 11
Battle Chasers: Nightwar Switch May 15
Dragon’s Crown Pro PS4 May 15
Horizon Chase Turbo PS4, PC May 15
Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time PS4, PC May 15
Omensight PS4, PC May 15
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux 3DS May 15
Far: Lone Sails PC May 17
Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition Switch May 18
Little Nightmares: Complete Edition Switch May 18
State of Decay 2 (Ultimate Edition) Xbox One, PC May 18
Ancestors Legacy Xbox One, PC May 22
Mega Man Legacy Collection Switch May 22
Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 Switch May 22
Runner3 Switch, PC May 22
Space Hulk: Deathwing – Enhanced Edition PS4, PC May 22
State of Decay 2 (Standard Edition) Xbox One, PC May 22
Tennis World Tour PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC May 22
Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers 3DS May 24
Dark Souls Remastered PS4, Xbox One, PC May 25
Detroit: Become Human PS4 May 25
Agony PS4, Xbox One, PC May 29
Everspace PS4 May 29
Legend of Kay Anniversary Switch May 29
Sega Mega Drive Classics PS4, Xbox One May 29
Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC May 29

June

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Game Platform Release Date
BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle PS4, PC, Switch June 5
The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset PS4, Xbox One, PC June 5
Onrush PS4, Xbox One June 5
Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC June 5
Vampyr PS4, Xbox One, PC June 5
MotoGP 18 PS4, Xbox One, PC June 7
Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido Switch, 3DS June 8
Unravel Two PS4, Xbox One, PC June 9
Fallout Shelter PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch June 10
Jurassic World Evolution (Digital) PS4, Xbox One, PC June 12
Fortnite: Battle Royale Switch June 12
Hollow Knight Switch June 12
Moss (Physical) PS4 June 12
Super Bomberman R PS4, Xbox One, PC June 12
LEGO The Incredibles Xbox One, PS4, Switch, PC June 15
The Lost Child PS4, PS Vita June 19
Mario Tennis Aces Switch June 22
New Gundam Breaker PS4, PC June 22
The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit PS4, Xbox One, PC June 26
Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy Xbox One, PC, Switch June 26
De Blob Remastered Switch June 26
Far Cry 3 Classic Edition PS4, Xbox One June 26
Lumines Remastered PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch June 26
Nier: Automata Become As Gods Edition Xbox One June 26
The Crew 2 PS4, Xbox One, PC June 29
MXGP Pro PS4, Xbox One, PC June 29
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Switch June 29

July

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Game Platform Release Date
Jurassic World Evolution (Physical) Xbox One, PS4, PC July 3
Red Faction: Guerrilla Remastered PS4, Xbox One, PC July 3
Mushroom Wars 2 Switch July 5
Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr PS4, Xbox One July 5
Shining Resonance Refrain PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch July 10
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Switch, 3DS July 13
Earthfall PS4, Xbox One, PC July 13
Octopath Traveler Switch July 13
Sonic Mania Plus PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC July 17
Mega Man X Collection 1+2 PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC July 24
No Man’s Sky Xbox One July 24
The Banner Saga 3 PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, Mac July 24
Code of Princess EX Switch July 31

August

Game Platform Release Date
Yakuza 0 PC August 1
WarioWare Gold 3DS August 3
Overcooked 2 PS4, Xbox One, PC Switch August 7
Okami HD Switch August 9
Madden NFL 19 PS4, Sbox One, PC August 10
We Happy Few PS4, Xbox One, PC August 10
Death’s Gambit PS4, PC August 10
The Walking Dead: The Final Season Episode 1 PS4, Xbox One, PC August 14
World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth PC August 14
F1 2018 PS4, Xbox One, PC August 24
Little Dragons Cafe PS4, Switch August 24
Yakuza Kiwami 2 PS4 August 28
Divinity: Original Sin 2 PS4, Xbox One August 31
Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker PS4, Xbox One, PC August 31

September

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Game Platform Release Date
Destiny 2 Forsaken DLC PS4, Xbox One, PC September 4
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age PS4 September 4
Immortal: Unchained PS4, Xbox One, PC September 7
NBA Live 19 PS4, Xbox One September 7
SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy PS4, Switch September 7
Spider-Man PS4 September 7
NBA 2K19 PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch September 11
Shadow of the Tomb Raider PS4, Xbox One, PC September 14
Spyro Reignited Trilogy PS4, Xbox One September 21
Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna The Golden Country DLC Switch September 21
Valkyria Chronicles 4 PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch September 25
Code Vein PS4, Xbox One, PC September 28
FIFA 19 PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Switch, PC September 28

October

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Game Platform Release Date
Forza Horizon 4 Xbox One, PC October 2
Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise PS4 October 2
Mega Man 11 PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC October 2
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey PS4, Xbox One, PC October 5
Super Mario Party Switch October 5
Disgaea 1 Complete PS4, Switch October 9
WWE 2K19 PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC October 9
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 PS4, Xbox One, PC October 12
Lego DC Super Villains PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch October 16
Starlink: Battle for Atlas PS4, Xbox One, Switch October 16
Warriors Orochi 4 PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC October 16
Battlefield V PS4, Xbox One, PC October 19
Soulcalibur VI PS4, Xbox One, PC October 19
Just Dance 2019 PS4, Xbox One, Switch October 23
Red Dead Redemption 2 PS4, Xbox One October 26

November

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Game Platform Release Date
Overkill’s The Walking Dead PS4, Xbox One, PC November 6
Ride 3 PS4, Xbox One, PC November 8
Hitman 2 PS4, Xbox One, PC November 13
Fallout 76 PS4, Xbox One, PC November 14
Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu/Let’s Go Eevee Switch November 16

December

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Game Platform Release Date

Just Cause 4

PS4, Xbox One, PC December 4

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Switch December 7

Big Games Confirmed for 2018

Below you can find a list of the biggest games that don’t have explicit release dates but are confirmed to release sometime this year. There are also games listed that we expect to launch in 2018. We’ll be moving each of these games into the release date sections above as soon as official dates are announced.

Game Platform
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown PS4, Xbox One, PC
Darksiders 3 PS4, Xbox One, PC
Dark Souls Remastered Switch
Left Alive PS4, Xbox One
Persona Q2 3DS
Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes Switch
Yoshi (2018) Switch

New Nintendo Switch Games Announced At E3 2018: Fire Emblem, Fortnite, And More

E3 2018’s string of big press conferences wrapped up with Nintendo, which yielded plenty of Switch announcements. Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee was announced a few weeks prior, but we now know the release date for the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

There were a lot of new games shown at E3 2018 across its half dozen-worth press conferences, so it can be hard to sort through all the news and get caught up on everything. To help with that, we’ve compiled every Nintendo game announced at this year’s E3.

Newly Announced Switch Games At E3 2018

  • Daemon X Machina | TBA 2019
  • FIFA 19 | September 28
  • Just Dance 2019 | October 25
  • Fortnite: Battle Royale | Out Now
  • Fallout Shelter | Out Now
  • Paladins: Champions of the Realm | Fall 2018
  • Killer Queen Black | Early 2019
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ | Summer 2018
  • Overcooked 2 | August 7
  • Super Mario Party | October 8
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses | Spring 2019

In this feature, you’ll find each game announced during E3 2018 for Nintendo Switch. For all the news, trailers, previews, any gameplay videos, and more, click on the game’s name to see its full page on GameSpot.

For more E3 news, be sure refer run through all of our coverage. In the meantime, which Switch games are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments below.

Daemon X Machina

Daemon X Machina is an upcoming mech action game. It’s a collaboration between developers First Studio and Marvelous Entertainment, with an array of notable Japanese developers. In the game, you take your Arsenal, a fully customizable powered suit, out for an array of missions to fight the enemy at all costs. You can choose and equip your Arsenal with a multitude of weapons, obtain more from downed enemy Arsenals, and swap them on the fly to suit your strategy in the face of ever-changing threats.

Developer: Marvelous Entertainment, First Studio | Release Date: TBA 2019

Dragon Ball FighterZ

The critically-acclaimed Dragon Ball FighterZ is heading to Nintendo Switch. At launch, it’ll include all the characters featured in the original release at day one, with DLC characters (already released on PS4, Xbox One, and PC) arriving on the Switch version sometime later. The game is optimized for the Nintendo Switch and includes:

Developer: Arc System Works | Release Date: Summer 2018

Fallout Shelter

Fallout Shelter is making its way to PS4 and the Nintendo Switch. Originally released on iOS, Android, and later on Xbox One, the game is a free-to-play survival simulator where you manage a Fallout vault.

Developer: Bethesda Game Studios | Release Date: Out Now

FIFA 19

FIFA is consistently one of the biggest releases of the year, and in a year where a World Cup will attract many new fans to the sport, FIFA 19 will likely be no different. The game will boast the UEFA Champions League license after primary rivals PES and Konami lost the rights to all UEFA club competitions earlier this year. The news means FIFA has a near monopoly over the world’s major soccer licenses, including the 2018 World Cup, which came to FIFA 18 just recently.

Introducing the prestigious UEFA Champions League, offering authentic in match atmospheres, featuring gameplay updates including elevated on-pitch personality and a striking overhaul, and providing new and unrivaled ways to play.

Developer: EA | Release Date: September 28

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Fire Emblem: Three Houses is the latest entry in Nintendo’s critically-acclaimed strategy series. It retains many of the core mechanics the series is known for. Though, it does offer some changes. Battle screens are filled with armies, and you directly command one character, but they’re leading a small battalion of other soldiers who join in on the attack. In addition, you can explore what looks to be a fully realized 3D world.

Developer: Nintendo | Release Date: Spring 2019

Fortnite: Battle Royale

The immensely popular Fortnite: Battle Royale has finally made its way onto Nintendo Switch. And in a rather surprising reveal, it’s out now.

Developer: Epic Games | Release Date: Out Now

Just Dance 2019

Just Dance returns this year sporting a new lineup of songs and dance routines. Like previous installments, players must mimic the on-screen dancer’s choreography using either motion controllers or the game’s associated mobile app.

Developer: Ubisoft | Release Date: TBA

Killer Queen Black

The 5v5 objective-based side-scrolling arcade multiplayer game Killer Queen Black is coming to Switch this Winter. Players either gather resources, kill the queen, or capture the snail to win in Killer Queen Black.

Fly solo, or team up with three of your friends as you race to complete one of three possible victory conditions. The game is a new take on the arcade eSport Killer Queen, which has been rebuilt from the ground up and optimized for console. Gameplay is immediately recognizable and familiar, yet it introduces exciting new twists and online play for the home audience. Killer Queen Black is the follow up to Killer Queen that fans have been begging for.

Developer: Bumblebear Studios, Liquid Bit | Release Date: Early 2019

Overcooked 2

Overcooked 2 is serving up more chefs, more kitchens, more recipes, and more co-op madness. You can group up with friends or go it alone to cook up a storm, chopping, steaming and frying your way through levels that keep you on your toes. Online multiplayer can bring four chefs together to save the Onion Kingdom once again.

Developer: Ghost Town Games | Release Date: August 7

Paladins: Champions of the Realm

Paladins is a team-based shooter similar to Team Fortress 2 and Overwatch. Gamers play as Champions, powerful heroes who use a mixture of guns and magic to defeat their opponents. Each Champion belongs to one of four classes. Front Line Champions operate as tanks and protect their allies from enemy fire. Damage Champions spearhead offensive assaults with their faster speed and high attack output. Support Champions keep their allies healed up and ready to fight. Flank Champions excel at circumnavigating the battlefield to ambush enemy teams from behind.

Paladins will be free-to-play later this year. Founders get early access, immediately unlock all Champions and their voice packs now and forever, and receive exclusive cosmetics.

Developer: inXile Entertainment | Release Date: Fall 2018

Super Mario Party

The antics continue in the upcoming mini-game collection, Super Mario Party. It’s the first new game in the series in three years; the previous installment released in 2015 on Wii U. The game introduces all-new ways to play, including Joy-Con controller enabled minigames, and new modes to enjoy with family and friends. Board game play goes back to the four-player basics as you take turns and race across the board searching for Stars. You can also pair up two Nintendo Switch systems and delight in this dynamic play style, such as in the new Toad’s Rec Room mode. With new modes and new minigames coupled with original board game play, the party starts anywhere, anytime, and with all kinds of players. New modes include:

Developer: Nintendo | Release Date: October 8

New PC Games Announced At E3 2018: Elder Scrolls 6, Gears 5, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

E3 is often the stage to many big companies, like EA, Ubisoft, and Activision, take to debut its latest PC games. Whether it’s a new entry in one of gaming’s biggest franchises or a completely new IP, there are loads of PC games that get announced. And E3 2018 is no different, with big upcoming games like Fallout 76, Hitman 2, and Crackdown 3.

With so many games revealed at E3, it can be a struggle keeping up with what’s actually new. After all, some companies make small mention of games during investment reports or during smaller events all throughout the year. To ensure you’re up to date of all the latest PC games announced at E3, we’ve compiled them all here for your convenience. Below you can find a list of all the new PC games.

Newly Announced PC Games At E3 2018

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey | October 5, 2018
  • Control | TBA
  • Gears 5 | TBA 2019
  • Fifa 19 | September 28
  • Babylon’s Fall | TBA 2019
  • Doom Eternal | TBA
  • Dying Light 2 | TBA
  • The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit | June 26
  • Dead or Alive 6 | Early 2019
  • The Elder Scrolls VI | TBA
  • Overcooked 2 | August 7
  • Gears Tactics | TBA
  • Battletoads | TBA 2019
  • Forza Horizon 4 | October 2
  • Sea of Solitude | TBA
  • Devil May Cry 5 | Spring 2019
  • Twin Mirror | TBA 2019
  • Team Sonic Racing | Winter 2018
  • The Quiet Man | TBA
  • Starfield | TBA
  • Hitman 2 | November 7
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood | TBA 2019
  • The Elder Scrolls: Blades | Fall 2018

Contained in this feature are brief descriptions of all the biggest PC games from the show, so if you’re curious to learn more, be sure to click through to each one’s individual game page. There you can find the latest news, features and gameplay videos.

Let us know in the comments below which of these games you’re looking forward to most, as well as what you’re still hoping is announced.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

It might have been leaked by merchandise, but this iteration of Assassin’s Creed has been confirmed to be at this year’s show. Titled Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, the game will be set in Ancient Greece and allows you to play either a male or female Spartan warrior protagonist. It’ll also include dialogue choices and naval combat.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC | Release Date: October 5, 2018

The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit

The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit is the latest game by Dontnod Entertainment. It takes place in the universe of Life is Strange, and puts you in control of a young boy who’s greatest talent is his imagination. He thinks of himself as a superhero and explorer who fights against evil forces on his journey. Its events and characters are directly connected to the upcoming second season of Life is Strange.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC | Release Date: June 26

Babylon’s Fall

Babylon’s Fall is the latest game by famed studio, Platinum Games. Based on the reveal trailer, the upcoming project appears to be fantasy-themed action game. You appear to play as a knight with unique magical abilities.

Platforms: PS4, PC | Release Date: TBA 2019

Battletoads

A brand-new Battletoads game has been announced. No gameplay was shown, but we did learn, however, that it will have three-player couch co-op and 2.5D graphics. In addition, the art in the game appeared hand-drawn–at least according to the announcement trailer.

Platforms: Xbox One, PC (Expected) | Release Date: TBA 2019

Control

Control is the latest game by Remedy Entertainment, the studio behind Alan Wake and Quantum Break. The debut trailer showcased a strangely shifting world, with a protagonist who can fly and control objects using telekinesis.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC | Release Date: TBA

Dead or Alive 6

Kasumi, Hayate, Helena, and plenty of other familiar faces return to the arena in Dead or Alive 6. This fighting game will continue to utilize the franchise’s staple complexity when it comes to combos and counters, while upping the realism of its visuals. Two new mechanics, Fatal Rush and Break Gauge, shake up the combat by introducing an easier way for beginners to compete.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC | Release Date: Early 2019

Devil May Cry 5

After years of waiting, we’re finally getting a brand new Devil May Cry game. And in a rather surprising twist, it’s a direct continuation to the first four Devil May Cry games. The debut trailer mainly focused on returning protagonist, Nero, who appears to be accompanied by an unnamed woman. However, the last few seconds indicated that Dante will return too.

Platforms: Xbox One, PC | Release Date: Spring 2019

Doom Eternal

Doom Eternal is the upcoming sequel to the critically-acclaimed Doom reboot from 2016. The game takes everything that the previous game did and pushes it forward: the Doomslayer is more powerful than before, the number of enemies have doubled, and it takes place on Earth.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC (Expected) | Release Date: TBA

Dying Light 2

In the sequel to the first-person apocalyptic survival shooter, players will have plenty more chances to practice their sweet parkour while killing zombies. However, this time around, player’s choices will have real effects on the world and push the story down different paths.

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC | Release Date: TBA

The Elder Scrolls VI

Bethesda finally announced the next game in the Elder Scrolls series: The Elder Scrolls VI. No other details about the game were provided outside of a short teaser. It shows a mountainous region and some fog accompanied by a version of the iconic Dovahkiin music. A setting wasn’t specified, although fans are sure to do some sleuthing to narrow down the list of possibilities. Hopefully, we’ll get more details sooner than later.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC (Expected) | Release Date: TBA

The Elder Scrolls: Blades

The Elder Scrolls: Blades is a first-person, melee experience that focuses on the type of combat seen in other Elder Scrolls games. Players adventure through dungeons, but can also engage in PvP duels and city-building mechanics.

Platforms: iOS, Android, PC | Release Date: Fall 2018

Fifa 19

FIFA is consistently one of the biggest releases of the year, and in a year where a World Cup will attract many new fans to the sport, FIFA 19 will likely be no different.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC | Release Date: September 28

Forza Horizon 4

Microsoft and Playground Studios are back for another round of Forza Horizon, the open-world racing spin-off of Forza Motorsport on Xbox One and PC. The last time we saw the series was in 2016, with the game set in a condensed version of Australia. This time around it’s set in Britain where you and other players are free to drive around the world at your leisure and participate in a variety of racing events.

Platforms: Xbox One, PC | Release Date: October 2

Gears 5

Gears of War returns with its fifth entry. This time around you play as Kait, who originally appeared in Gears of War 4. This latest entry sees Kait embark on a journey to discover the truth behind the visions plaguing her mind–most likely an effect of the Locust necklace she inherited from her grandmother.

Platforms: Xbox One, PC | Release Date: TBA 2019

Gears Tactics

Gears Tactics is a turn-based strategy spin-off of the Gears of War franchise. The game takes place 12 years before the first Gears of War. You can customize your own squad to take on threats in what was described as a more aggressive version of the classical tactics formula. And of course, as a Gears game, it will feature larger-than-life boss battles.

Platforms: Xbox One, PC | Release Date: TBA

Hitman 2

Hitman 2 is taking its assassination simulator to new locations, like a Miami racetrack, but unlike the previous game, these will not release episodically. IO Interactive promises even more methods of taking out targets this time around, so we’re curious to play around with Agent 47’s new killer options–and track down the mysterious Shadow Client.

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One | Release Date: November 13

Overcooked 2

Overcooked 2 is serving up more chefs, more kitchens, more recipes, and more co-op madness. You can group up with friends or go it alone to cook up a storm, chopping, steaming and frying your way through levels that keep you on your toes. Online multiplayer can bring four chefs together to save the Onion Kingdom once again.

Developer: Ghost Town Games | Release Date: August 7

The Quiet Man

The Quiet Man is a brand-new game where you play as silent protagonist who appears to be deaf. The brief trailers showed him getting into a fight and quickly dispatching two hooligans in an alleyway. As the title implies, the game’s mechanics will likely involve silence and sound in some manner. According to Square Enix, more information concerning The Quiet Man will be revealed in August.

Platforms: PS4, PC | Release Date: TBA

Sea of Solitude

Sea of Solitude is an upcoming EA Originals game about a lonely girl whose emotions manage to turn her into a monster and the world into a flooded post-apocalyptic world. She must explore this world in order to find a way to turn back into a human.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC (Expected) | Release Date: TBA

Starfield

For the first time in 25 years, Bethesda is creating a new IP. We don’t know much about Starfield. However, based on the game’s title and brief teaser trailer, it’s probably safe to say that this RPG will take place in space.

Platforms: The next generation of consoles, PC (Expected) | Release Date: TBA

Team Sonic Racing

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed was an unexpected hit after its launch back in 2012, and now–finally–we’re getting a follow-up called Team Sonic Racing. This time round, Sega has dropped the non-Sonic universe characters, but aside from a vague release window of “winter,” we don’t yet know much else about this promising racer.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch | Release Date: Winter 2018

Twin Mirror

Dontnod Entertainment is partnering with Bandai Namco to bring Twin Mirror, a new psychological thriller, to PC, PS4, and Xbox One in 2019. Based on the E3 2018 trailer, the story focuses on a character named Sam who wakes up one day to discover a shocking amount of blood on his clothing with no memory of the cause. As Sam attempts to piece together the events from the night before, he will explore both the real world and surreal manifestations of his own psyche. Twin Mirror looks intriguing so far, but being one big mystery, we’ll have to wait until we see more of the game to get a grasp of how we ultimately fit into Sam’s harrowing investigation.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC | Release Date: TBA 2019

Wolfenstein: Young Blood

Wolfenstein Youngblood is set in an alternate 1980s Paris and follows the events of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. It stars series protagonist BJ Blazkowicz’s twin daughters, who are working together to continue the fight against the Nazis. The game can be played solo or co-op.

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC, Nintendo Switch (Expected) | Release Date: 2019

E3 2018: Beyond Good & Evil 2’s Gameplay Explained

If you haven’t been following the development of Beyond Good & Evil 2 closely–from its rumored existence through to its official reveal at E3 2017 and its presence at Ubisoft’s press conference during E3 2018–it’s possible your current feelings towards it carry some confusion. With a strong emphasis on community involvement with the Space Monkey and Hitrecord initiatives and only brief glimpses at very early tech demos, the question at the forefront of your mind is likely: what kind of game is Beyond Good & Evil 2, exactly?

Well, we now have some idea. In a behind-closed-doors presentation at E3 2018, key developers from Ubisoft Montpellier showed us a live demo of the game, playing in co-op, and it was surprising how many of the game’s systems were present and how much there was to see.

The demo began in an underground temple, where we were introduced to the combat system. Every character in Beyond Good & Evil 2 will be equipped with a melee weapon (in this case, swords), a gun, an energy shield, and a jetpack, and each one of these tools can be modified with Augments. We saw examples of a pushback ability and a dome that could be fired to slow down anyone within it. Damage boosting and healing Augments were also mentioned.

You also have a high-tech spyglass that can be used to survey your environment and get information on world objects and enemies, in what could be a nod to the camera mechanics in the original game. Planning encounters by using the spyglass was stressed as something that was particularly important because enemies have access to the same equipment, augments, and abilities as the player, which creates the danger of not necessarily knowing what you might be up against at first glance.

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We watched our co-op duo explore and sneak around the temple separately before coming together to assault a squad of security guards, defending a group of scientists performing experiments on live monkey hybrids. After some quick surveillance, the pair engaged using a variety of gunplay and melee attacks. The melee mechanics in this early demo didn’t seem to have the impact you see in other third-person games, but a variety of different combat maneuvers were shown, including using slowdown domes to isolate enemies, precision shooting, using the jetpack to maneuver around the battlefield to achieve better flanking positions, and using pushback-augmented weapons to break shields.

When the dust had settled, one of the players scanned the monkey still alive on an operating table, learning a bit about its backstory in the process. It was mentioned that characters like this would be recruitable for your space pirate crew. You’d also hypothetically have the opportunity to break out prisoners from a police station and recruit them, among other options. However, what you’ll be able to actually do with your crew was not discussed.

The co-op players then left the underground temple and boarded their vehicles–one in a single-pilot space fighter, one on a flying motorcycle. They flew out into Ganesha City, an incredibly large urban hub filled with Indian architecture and neon lights–a mash of old and new, rich and poor, and populated with flying vehicles and NPCs. The players went their separate ways, and the motorcycle rider eventually got off and flew around on her jetpack, giving us a tour of the city by scanning buildings to discover their purpose–shops, police stations, a bank. The other player eventually got into a scrap with local police, engaging in a dogfight against multiple ships, and the original motorcycle rider hopped into her own starfighter and joined in.

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But before engaging, they took a moment to show off starfighter customization. In a menu, they swapped out individual modules of their ship’s makeup (like cabins, wings, and engines), as well as weapons and cosmetic finishes. Cosmetic ship customization will be one of the avenues where the community can submit custom art to be used within the game through Hitrecord, along with billboard spots on structures. They’ll also be able to contribute music to the in-world radio programs.

Dogfighting looked like an arcade-style experience, with the space fighters we saw having access to two weapons: in this case, a machine gun and lock-on missiles. These weapons, we were told, can be modified via the same kind of augments as regular weapons. We saw the two players perform barrel-rolls and loops to juke and destroy police ships high in the sky, so high that you could make out the curvature of the planet.

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And then, they did something I wasn’t entirely expecting them to do. The players pointed their planes upwards and hit their hyperspeed. Looking behind them, we saw the city and its population getting smaller and smaller as they continued into the stratosphere. We looked over the horizon and saw other cities in the distance. They flew so high that we could see entire continent masses, Ganesha City now a dot on the map, and eventually reached another vehicle: A mothership owned by one of the players, a kind of giant, space battleship. One of the players left her starfighter and used her jetpack to fly around, protected by a clear spacesuit that materialized over her body like the one seen in the E3 2018 trailer.

This was all seamless, and my mind immediately went to compare it to No Man’s Sky; that is, if No Man’s Sky’s planets were filled with dense, populated cities with complex interiors. They brought up the map screen and noted it was simply a real-time rendering of the existing game world from a fixed camera angle, and as they zoomed in and out of the continent we were directly above, we could see icons pop up representing additional cities, quests, points of interest, and undiscovered mysteries across the huge land masses.

As they zoomed out and rotated the globe, they pointed out an enormous geoglyph of a monkey burned into a nearby continent, mentioning that uncovering these mysteries would be a significant part of the game. We also panned over to take a look at the other half of the planet–a meteor-ravaged wasteland which is a significant part of the game’s world narrative, involving hybrid beings and slave labor.

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But then, they kept zooming out. The screen changed from the view of the continent to a view of the planet. From a view of the planet to a view including neighboring planets, and it didn’t stop. We zoomed out to see the entire subsystem, and they eventually stopped when the map screen had a view of the entire local solar system, filled with planets, their moons, and presumably, all the game content that comes with that. The players hopped back in their starfighters, flew off into the infinite space, and the demo ended.

When asked what progression might look like–what you actually do in Beyond Good & Evil 2–the developers seemed to have a clear idea. It’s naturally a very non-linear experience, and you can likely make some good assumptions by looking at Ubisoft’s current direction with their open-world games. Ubisoft Montpellier said one of the major goals is to create a strong throughline to explore and discover more about the game’s story. The cinematic trailers we’ve seen so far follow the journey of a space crew (featuring Pey’j from the original game, as well as a younger version of Jade as their adversary), searching for a place at the ends of the universe called the Moksha Gate. Beyond Good & Evil 2 will see you creating your own customizable character, building up your own crew, and going on an adventure to try and reach it.

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The Ubisoft team also explained that there would be plenty of opportunities for those that just want to fly around the galaxy and be the best space pirate. You’ll be able to take on a number of side activities that make you stronger, which might not necessarily be in service of the main narrative at all. Finally, the developers mentioned that one of their priorities was to create a fun co-op experience, as well as give the player complete freedom, so you would feel like a true pirate in a world created to be your oyster.

When asked about the game’s development progress, Ubisoft spoke about how when building this kind of all-encompassing, open-world, and systemic game, you need to build entire layers of foundational mechanics, and need to iterate on almost all of them at the same time, lest they begin to affect one another in negative, game-breaking ways. As such, all mechanical components of Beyond Good & Evil 2 are roughly at the same development level, they said.

The demo of Beyond Good & Evil 2 was impressive on a technical level despite being an incredibly early build–visually, it was certainly a lot plainer than the brief but more detailed snippets of gameplay we saw at Ubisoft’s E3 2018 press conference. But it was surprising to witness working co-op play, the ability to explore a seamless universe with no visible loading, as well as functioning combat and vehicle mechanics. It was certainly much, much more than we were expecting to see, and we’re now feeling much more positive about the prospects of what Beyond Good & Evil 2 could be.

Beyond Good & Evil 2 currently has no announced release date.

We’re Giving Away 500 Game Codes From GOG.com

In honor of the end of GOG.com’s Big Summer Sale, we’re giving away 500 PC game codes free from their catalog. The PC game codes will be a mystery code, redeemable on GOG’s platform, and are DRM-free. (Scroll down to enter below.)

Some of the mystery codes include The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Game of the Year Edition, Amnesia, Night In The Woods, Pillars of Eternity: Hero Edition, Beyond Good & Evil, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six, Dying Light: The Following – Enhanced Edition, Battletech, Torchlight II, Transistor, and more.

Competition ends Monday, June 25, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT. Five-hundred (500) winners will be emailed a code.

Enter below (the additional entries are OPTIONAL to increase your chances of winning):

WWE Money In The Bank 2018: Live Updates And Match Results

If climbing up ladders in order to grab a briefcase containing a contract for a title shot gets you excited, then on Sunday, June 17, you’re in luck because there will be two matches at the Money in the Bank PPV that are just that! Superstars from both the Raw and Smackdown rosters will be competing in two of these ladder matches, one for the men and one for the women. Over the course of the evening, 10 matches will take place during the course of the PPV, including one during the Kickoff Show.

Money in the Bank comes to the WWE Network today at 7 PM ET / 4 PM PT, with the Kickoff Show starting one hour prior. The event takes place at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL. If you aren’t signed up for the WWE Network but still want to watch MITB, you can sign up for one month for free here and cancel without any commitment to the streaming service.

There will be two MITB matches for the men and the women. Both matches will consist of eight superstars vying for the contract instead of the traditional six. The Miz is heavily favored to win according to Vegas betting odds on the men’s side and Natalya is for the women. Raw newcomer Ember Moon told GameSpot during an interview that she may be afraid of heights, but she is excited for the opportunity: “I’m ready to rise to that challenge, and it’s not going to deter me from getting that Money in the Bank contract.” Additionally, numerous titles are on the line, including the WWE Championship, which AJ Styles will defend, once again, against Shinsuke Nakamura in a Last Man Standing match, and we cover the history of this rivalry, which involves plenty of low blows, in the video above.

Here’s the match card:

  • The Bludgeon Brothers (c) vs. The Good Brothers (For the Smackdown Tag Team Championship) – KICKOFF SHOW
  • Daniel Bryan vs. Big Cass
  • Nia Jax (c) vs. Ronda Rousey (For the Raw Women’s Championship)
  • Carmella (c) vs. Asuka (For the Smackdown Women’s Championship)
  • Roman Reigns vs. Jinder Mahal
  • Bobby Lashley vs. Sami Zayn
  • Seth Rollins (c) vs. Elias (For the Intercontinental Championship)
  • AJ Styles (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (Last Man Standing Match for the WWE Championship)
  • Lana, Natalya, Alexa Bliss, Charlotte, Ember Moon, Becky Lynch, Naomi, and Sasha Banks (Money in the Bank match)
  • Samoa Joe, Kevin Owens, Bobby Roode, Braun Strowman, The Miz, Rusev, Finn Balor, and one member of The New Day (Money in the Bank match)

In case you’re not caught up, don’t worry; we put the final results in spoiler blocks.

Kickoff Show

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The Bludgeon Brothers (c) vs. The Good Brothers (For the Smackdown Tag Team Championship)

Luke Harper pinned Luke Gallows at 7:01.

Main Card

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Daniel Bryan vs. Big Cass

Daniel Bryan beat Big Cass by submission at 15:17.

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Lashley vs. Sami Zayn

Bobby Lashley pinned Sami Zayn at 6:35.

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Seth Rollins (c) vs. Elias (For the Intercontinental Championship)

Seth Rollins pinned Elias at 17:00.

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Lana, Natalya, Alexa Bliss, Charlotte, Ember Moon, Becky Lynch, Naomi, and Sasha Banks (Money in the Bank match)

Alexa Bliss wins Money in the Bank at 18:30.

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Roman Reigns vs. Jinder Mahal

Roman Reigns pinned Jinder Mahal at 16:22.

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Carmella (c) vs. Asuka (For the Smackdown Women’s Championship)

Carmella pinned Asuka at 11:06, thanks to a distraction from James Ellsworth.

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AJ Styles (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (Last Man Standing Match for the WWE Championship)

AJ Styles was the Last Man Standing at 31:08.

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Nia Jax (c) vs. Ronda Rousey (For the Raw Women’s Championship)

Ronda Rousey beat Nia Jax via disqualification at 11:05. Then Alexa Bliss cashed in her Money in the Bank briefcase and pinned Nia Jax at 0:35 to win the Raw Women’s Championship.

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Samoa Joe, Kevin Owens, Bobby Roode, Braun Strowman, The Miz, Rusev, Finn Balor, and one member of The New Day (Money in the Bank match)

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